The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA), an agricultural non-profit 501c(5) organization headquartered in Lewisburg, Tennessee, is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the promotion of the breed. Founded in 1935, the breed registry was established to record the pedigrees of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Its goal is to maintain the purity of the breed, to promote greater awareness of the Tennessee Walking Horse and its qualities, to encourage expansion of the breed, and to help assure its general welfare. Since the breed was recognized officially by the US Department of Agriculture in 1954, and the TWHBEA as the only and official breed registry, it is a simple truth that “if it ain’t registered at TWHBEA, it ain’t a Tennessee Walking Horse.”
There are more than 526,898 registered Tennessee Walking Horses throughout the world. TWHBEA protects the investment of Tennessee Walking Horse owners by establishing policies and requirements and maintaining the breed registry. A 12-person Executive Board, selected from the International Board of Directors representing members in all 50 states and several foreign countries, plays the key role is establishing these policies. The success and popularity of the Tennessee Walking Horse is the result of thoughtful organization and strong leadership by the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, and it is the essential organization for the continued success of the breed.